42 weeks post #HipArthroscopy

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Well if I was pregnant I have now done a full term and then some… But I’m not. However I do feel more in a position to judge the arthroscopy surgery and it’s results so far.

Am I pain free? Quick easy answer is NO. but I’m coming to terms with its unlikely to be that painfree ever.

Am I more mobile? This is more difficult to answer, Yes I am doing more, but mainly because my mind isn’t as broken as before. And the realization that this may be as good as it gets forever, spurs me to make the most of it regardless.

Before my mind was truly broken, I didn’t trust my ability and stamina, I definitely didn’t trust the legs.

This past 9 months has been going to basics, working the muscles from absolutely nothing into legs I do trust to hold me up, they are stronger, I am fitter. (Sadly not lighter though)

It’s been 2 weeks since the steroid injection and it’s been ok, but it’s not been the magic pain free injection I hoped for. But I did have some improvement, so I can’t complain really.

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This week it’s been about getting into an exercise routine once more, though I needed Monday off completely to recover from our barmouth weekend.

Tuesday I did the basic post hip replacement physio exercises

Glute squeeze 20reps x 2

Quad activation 20reps x 2

Heel Slide 20reps x 2

Hip abduction (lying down) 20reps x 2

Short Arc Quad 20reps x 2

External hip Rotation 20reps x 2

Bridging 20reps x 2

Pull in stomach breathing 20reps x 2

Hip flexion (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip abduction (ankle weights) 20reps x2

Hip adduction (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip extension forwards (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip extension backwards (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Heel to buttock (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Mini squat (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip pendulum (on step ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Looks like a lot, but broken down in an overall day of physio. It’s done slowly and methodically, with resting at times. All its for is muscle activation and strengthening.

Wednesday to rest the lower limbs it was a weights day. I’ve read that if you have Arthritis you should try and lift between 5% to 10% of your body weight, so you don’t lift too heavy and speed the disease up. I use 7kg for my arms now, but I started slowly and light at 2kg at first. I don’t do much as hands and elbows are in a joint flare up today.

Bicep curl 10reps x 2

Shoulder press 10reps x 2

Lateral raise 10reps x 2

Bicep row 10reps x 2

Tricep kickback 10reps x 2

Chest press 10reps x 2

Tricep overhead 10reps x 2

Kettle bell swing 10reps x 2

Again it looks more than it is in reality, and the sets are broken up between morning and afternoon. It’s to lubricate and activate, more than anything.

Thursday I can feel a change in the air, my joints ache, mainly my fingers and elbows. Although hip is niggly too. Opt for a day of mostly rest, painkillers and hot water bottles. I discovered I can’t even lunge my left foot behind me due to ankle issues ( I rolled it in may 2017 and it’s still not right now. Perhaps I should see someone) I did try some compound exercise for physio though, only 5 exercises but they killed me off.

Goblet Squat 10reps x 2

Three point row 10reps x 2

One dumbbell reverse lunge 10reps x 2 (actually can’t officially lunge, it’s more of a step back, and letting leading leg take weight, super easy for most folks but for me it’s painful and very difficult)

Single arm chest press 10reps x 2

Supine marching 10reps x 2 (this really pulled operated legs glutes into action, but also hurt my groin. Don’t think hip is ready for this? It’s meant to work your core, but I felt it all in the hip??)

Friday I honestly feel bodily broken so it’s probably a curl up on the sofa, hot water bottle and Netflix kind of day. Frustrating as brain says go, body says NO. But I’m pleased I managed 3 days of various physiotherapy exercises, so if I don’t do anything today that’s still self care and productive in my healing.

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Weekend away with family

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Day 9, 10, 11, 12 post #intra-articular steroid hip injection, and day 2,3,4,5 for post steroid hand injection. Both have been tested greatly in our weekend adventures.

Sunny Barmouth has been glorious this holiday!! We loved swimming in the sea, I got to have my nephew’s swimming with me, and such giggles we had all round.

The cottage was amazing, it was 300yrs old,the history and tales it could tell. All higgledy piggledy and full of character.

Walked along beaches, which is still hugely problematic hip and mobility wise. Hip is 80% better than before the steroid, so it’s not fully pain free. Hand however is absolutely fabulous. Aches yes at the end of the day, but I expected that. Beach walks take A LOT out of me, and pain levels soon rise quickly.

So now we are home, it’s time to rest for a while, to settle the hip down and see how long it stays angry for. But I’m definitely impressed with the hand pain which had totally crippled me up until that steroid injection. I wonder how long it will last for?

Steroid injection day 5 + 6

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Pleased to say all is quiet on the hip front, although clearly I did too much yesterday as my operated leg quad muscle was aching all day on day 5. So that prompted a total lower body rest. Boring but I feel necessary, as I have Physio the following day anyways at the Hospital.

I chose to do free weights so I’d at least got a workout done, making me feel productive and it helps mentally as well as physically. And not forgetting to sunbathe, seriously can’t believe the luck we’ve been having with all this glorious sunshine and warmth.

My new appointment for my 6week post injection date came through, it’s for August 21st. Here I think I’ll push for more answers on scar tissue and if there’s any point in delaying a hip replacement now?!

Day 6 saw me at the hospital for physiotherapy, so I can ask advice and let her assess if there’s any movement improvement, better range or stamina. As it’s so hard to gage it yourself. Awoke with awful Glute pain, not sure why though? Seems weird it was the Quad muscle, now it’s the opposite Glute muscle?

Front leg raise

Then front leg raise to abduction

Football between knees hip bridges, then into sitting up and hip adduction.

Prone lying on front, bend knee and raise.

All these actually eased off some muscle aches. But it did hurt the groin so I’m having to rest up and increase painkillers. Bored though, so I think I best watch the football to entertain me.

Steroid injection day!!

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In the run up to this day, we’ve had a birthday party for our brother in law Simon, cue hilarious evening all round. I even won prosecco pong!!

But I did drink a tad too much, so Sunday morning was a hangover day!!

Monday came and went so fast, we had glorious sunshine and we sunbathed outside while we can. Feeling a tad poorly and snotty at this point. Stressed out they may cancel my steroid injection! Eek!! That would be awful.

Tuesday is here and I feel better in myself thankfully. Just a small cough and bit snotty but nothing like yesterday. So I’m going to try and do my appointment, as it’s not a general anaesthesia it’s only local. Throughout the day I felt better and better, I took an antihistamine and it cleared up the runny nose, so I’m thinking it was hayfever??

Wednesday is here and it’s the day I get the injection. Packed light overnight bag just in case, with just sone PJ’s in, I’m wearing easy leggings and t-shirt and flossy shoes, so everything is easy to slip in and out of. Packed a book. #ReadyPlayerOne headphones and phone, that should be me all set!

Sidenote this heat has been perfect for my hand pain, it’s not gone entirely but overall it’s amazingly different. So that’s a bonus.

Got there and had an hour’s wait straight away. This was 1.30pm. Nothing too major. I was then called through, weighed and measured height. Then off to a ward to wait.

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Ace it’s empty or so I thought, I get pulled into theatre and get my arrow. This was 2pm.

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Then I’m told to wait in the waiting room, gutted I thought I was being done now.

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Finally at 3.10pm I’m called through, it’s my turn. Easy quick check that I am who I say I am, that I know what they are doing. Then it’s time to lie down.

Steroid done, and omg that HURT, so much more than before. Last one like this was 2 yes ago. Also he said ‘what on earth is that? oh must be scar tissue, I haven’t seen it that bad on someonebefore’ he told me that’s why it was extra painful.

It was painful! The initial needle was ok, but it needed moving around, the sensation is odd and I flinched a few times I’m embarrassed to say. Holding my nurses hand to stop me moving too much. The air had to be blown into it, to ensure correct area, weird tightening feeling but at least not too painful. Then finally the steroid is pushed into joint, and I could feel it going in, odd feeling but at least it didn’t last long.

Once done it was time to wiggle hip to work it in, and then off to sit on the ward to wait 20-30mins before I can go home.

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Least I have coffee and biscuits to ease my shellshockedness. Once I knew I was free to go, off I went to find my husband. Free to go home and relax at long last at 4pm. Bit of a long day, but could of been worse. And though it HURT I still rather do it this way, than be under a general anaesthesic because I get to go home, eat and move so much quicker.

So that’s me for now. I have to keep a pain diary and see my consultant in 6weeks time.